SPD’s vote actually halved, from 20.6% in 2013, to just 9.7%! This marks the party’s worst result in Bavaria since the 1930s, and is the first state parliament now where they have fallen below the symbolic 10% threshold in recent history - a painful exercise for a former Volkspartei.
Despite its Green credentials Germany is a heavy user of coal, especially lignite, which comes from Europe's biggest opencast strip-mine. Now it wants to expand, but first it has to expel protesters from what remains of Hambach forest, which is due to disappear.
Central Europe's last primordial forest in Germany is about to be obliterated to dig up dirty and inefficient lignite coal, despite Berlin's trumpeted green credentials. Insiders talks to all sides of the story, but RWE refuses to comment.
This week, for the first time in its history, Cologne Cathedral will be floodlit with moving images. The light production tells the story of the First World War in moving images and thus reminds of the end of the war 100 years ago in the context of the cathedral pilgrimage.